Hopes for family time on the road
BEING able to go with your dad for a ride in the truck is both educational and an adventure, says Rebecca Schmidt.
“Let kids ride along, they idolise their parents who drive but start to hate the industry at a young age because they can’t go with dad and dad isn’t home,” she said.
“It’s important one-on-one time, it’s an adventure and even though they don’t know it at the time it is an educational experience.
“(I) went on many runs with my dad and I so dearly want my kids to be able to have that experience with their father. It breaks his heart to tell them ‘you can’t come because the company says no kids allowed’.”
Rebecca shared her opinion on Facebook during a discussion about getting young people into trucking.
Craig Masefield-Chips said it was a great way to learn the ins and outs of the job but didn’t think it would be allowed to happen again.
Katrina Eagle Jackson said it wasn’t just about teaching them the ropes, but being a dad to their kids. “I got to know my dad on the road as it was the only time I would see him,” she said.